Culture secretary keeps Rupert Murdoch waiting over Sky deal

Karen Bradley says she is still minded to refer takeover to competition regulator, but needs more time to consider submissions

Rupert Murdoch’s bid to take over Sky has been dealt a blow after the culture secretary said she needed more time to deliberate before calling in the competition regulator after being inundated with tens of thousands of submissions opposing the £11.7bn deal.

Karen Bradley said she had hoped to be able to make a final decision on whether to ask the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate the deal before parliament breaks up for summer on Friday.

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